Energy modeling was used to design the building envelope. EBB will feature photovoltaic panels to harness natural heat energy expanding Georgia Tech’s investment in renewable energy sources. The building will also harvest rain water and building condensation that will be used for grey water and irrigation.
In tough economic times, construction projects are often early victims to budget cuts--research...
Located in a large office park in Nashville, Tenn., Aegis Sciences Corp.’s new Wilma Rudolph...
At the time this report was compiled in June 2013, construction costs continue to show an increase. Overall, costs have risen about 2.6% from 2012, and construction costs in the R&D sector have risen about 2.6% since January 2012. Construction costs are expected to rise around 4% during 2013 going into year 2014. This percentage of increase is the same as 2012’s report, and shows promise of a steady positive path.
There is an increasing awareness of the need to provide building owners with a BIM model that instructs and reinforces the operations and management of laboratories and high-technology facilities, especially in achieving sustainable performance.
The 18,000-gsf MAXLAB received its LEED Gold certification based on a number of green construction and operation features, including a rainwater harvest tank, motion sensors, use of daylighting in interior laboratory space, thermally improved ‘cool’ roof, thermally improved precast sandwich panel building envelope, aluminum exterior sunshades and individual thermostat controls in each office.
In recognition of the team’s innovative use of energy modeling, close collaboration with the client and architect, and outstanding quality and safety records, the Carbon Neutral Energy Solutions (CNES) Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology wins Gilbane’s coveted award.
The University at Buffalo (UB) has unveiled HOK's design for its new School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences building on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus. The seven-story, 500,000 ft2 medical school will be one of the largest buildings constructed in Buffalo in decades.
Howard University and Turner Construction Company, along with the project team of Brailsford & Dunlavey, HDR Architecture, and Lance Bailey & Associates, will break ground on a new Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) on April 18, 2013.
AIA announced the winners of the 2013 AIA TAP BIM Awards program, which highlights best practices in the utilization of BIM technology. The 2013 AIA TAP BIM Award recipient is the Health Science Education Building, Pheomix Biomedical Campus, Los Angeles. The winners will be honored during the AIA National Convention in Denver on June 19, 2013.
Why haven’t you signed up for the Lab Design Conference yet? Time is running out to reserve your space at this annual, lab design/planning/building event. This year's Lab Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 in Houston. NOTE: The discounted room block ends on March 15th. Book your hotel reservation before this deadline to save!
The annual Laboratory Design Conference will be held April 8-10, 2013 at the JW Marriott Houston. The discounted room block rate ends March 15, 2013. Attendees and those who are considering attending are encouraged to make a reservation today to ensure accomodations at the conference rate.
Whether it’s a new, greenfield hospital, renovation of an existing laboratory, or expansion of a manufacturing facility, complex building systems in complex building types are designed to perform at high levels. However, if not commissioned properly, the high-performing facility you thought was being built could be severely underperforming.
I2SL, in partnership with R&D Magazine and Laboratory Design, is pleased to acknowledge the winners of the fifth annual Go Beyond Awards. Go Beyond Award winners show their commitment to the goals of excellence in sustainability in laboratory and other high-technology facility projects by going beyond the facility itself.
In 2012, the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) continued to enrich and expand the Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) Annual Conference, made possible through its co-sponsorship agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.
As we move toward carbon-neutral buildings by 2030, optimizing all aspects of energy usage, including the programs that we use to model building performance, will be key. Part of the answer to creating carbon neutral buildings will be the widespread adoption of building analytical modeling (BAM) to create higher-performing buildings using Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Two recent studies add data to the ongoing quest for the best sustainable roofing design strategies. A German analysis indicates that solar cells have a 6% higher electrical output if they are combined with a green (planted) roof, compared with a more standard bitumen roof.
The annual Laboratory Design Conference, sponsored by Advantage Business Media and Laboratory Design newsletter, will be held April 8-10 at the JW Marriott Houston. This AIA-accredited learning and networking event includes 1.5 days of educational presentations, followed by an optional day of tours (April 10).
There is a time-honored process for the creation of a new building or renovation of an existing one. However, over the past decade, new factors have emerged that influence the design process. Alternative techniques have been developed in response, to ensure an effective result.
A team led by Virginia Tech professor of civil and environmental engineering Mani Golparvar-Fardan has developed an augmented reality modeling system that automatically analyzes physical progress on large-scale construction projects.
Former Dalgleish Cadillac building in Midtown Detroit will be refashioned as a major center for biomedical research in this multi-phase construction project. Funding includes $30 million from the state of Michigan, combined with $63 million in private funding. Demolition of a nearby building to make room for a parking lot is underway.
In tough economic times, construction projects often are early victims to budget cuts. During the recent recession, research laboratories were no exception. Many laboratory construction projects were delayed or canceled. However, a majority of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms surveyed by R&D Magazine say the laboratory construction business is picking up again.
This 330,000-ft 2 , $175.3-million facility, focused on biology, information technology, and engineering, includes an underground research floor, three research floors, a ground-level "Town Center," an auxiliary service building, and a mechanical penthouse. Its unusual and effective building organization, strong sense of public outreach, and high degree of flexibility and social engineering led judges to honor the project as Laboratory of the Year 2012.
Kansas Bioscience Park, Venture Accelerator, Olathe. $11.1 million, 38,750-ft 2 facility (two floors). This project received a High Honors award in the 2012 Lab of the Year competition for an exemplary quality of overall design for a science incubator facility, with a high degree of environmental consciousness.
Princeton University, Princeton, N.J., Frick Chemistry Laboratory. $278 million, 268,200-ft 2 facility (four floors plus basement-level laboratories and roof-level mechanical equipment). This project received a High Honors award in the 2012 Lab of the Year competition for an exemplary quality of overall design for chemistry teaching and research, combined with a high degree of environmental sensitivity.
University of California-Riverside, School of Medicine Research Building. New three-story, 60,000-ft 2 laboratory facility; $29 million (excludes fit-out of first floor). This project received a Special Mention for sustainability planning, incorporating principles of LEED as well as the Architecture 2030 goals for 2010 and the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
PDF files of all the presentations from the recent Pittsburgh Laboratory Design Conference are now available for purchase on either an individual-use or organizationwide-use basis.
The 2012 Construction Outlook Report for the first quarter, prepared by FMI, a management consulting and investment banking firm focused on engineering and construction, predicts a 5% increase in total construction put in place for 2012 compared with 2011.
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